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    E85 Sales Boosted by Promotions

    Sales of the alternative fuel on the rise in Colorado and Wisconsin.

    MONTROSE, Colo. -- A joint effort by the Colorado Corn Growers Association, the Governor’s Biofuels Coalition, Western Convenience Stores and Southern Colorado Clean Cities resulted in the sale of nearly 1,400 gallons of E85 at the recently opened E85 fueling pump in Montrose.

    For two hours earlier this week, motorists driving flexible fuel vehicles had the opportunity to save money by filling up with E85 for only 85 cents a gallon, a promotional effort offered by the Western Convenience Store in Montrose.

    "We are glad to partner with the Governor’s Biofuels Coalition (GBC) and Western Convenience, who are working to expand E85 throughout the state," Mark Sponsler, CEO of Colorado Corn, said in a statement. "Western Convenience, GBC, and auto industry leaders like GM have been outstanding partners in this effort."

    During the last 20 months, the number of E85 fueling locations in Colorado has grown significantly. Western Convenience invested in 19 of those locations throughout Colorado. The Colorado Corn Growers Association and GBC provided funding and support to Western Convenience, which opened additional E85 refueling sites in Grand Junction and Delta.

    In related news, approximately 500 gallons of E85 was pumped in two hours during a promotion last weekend at the United Cooperative Cenex Convenience store in Beaver Dam, Wis.

    The state corn growers, in association with Fall Extravaganza, joined the American Lung Association of the upper Midwest, strong supporters of this E85 initiative, in the promotion.

    "Using E85 can reduce ozone-forming pollutants by 20 percent and evaporative emissions by 25 percent or more," Dona Wininsky, director of public policy and communications for the American Lung Association, said in a statement.

    "A typical flex-fuel driver can prevent as much as four tons of lifecycle CO2 and other pollutants from entering our air every year simply by fueling with E85 instead of gasoline. That helps make the air cleaner and better for everyone to breathe, which is the heart of our mission."

    Currently, there are more than 100 E85 stations in Wisconsin.

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